Black Swan: 23rd March 2017 (ebook) 15th June 2017 (paperback)
It is 1919 and the end of the war has not brought peace for Emeline Vane. Lost in grief, she is suddenly alone at the heart of a depleted family. She can no longer cope. And just as everything seems to be slipping beyond her control, in a moment of desperation, she boards a train and runs away.
I closed my eyes as I tried to pick apart every flavour, because nothing had ever tasted so good before. It was love and it could not be hidden.
Fifty years later, a young solicitor on his first case finds Emeline’s diary. Bill Perch is eager to prove himself but what he finds in the tattered pages of neat script goes against everything he has been told. He begins to trace a story of love and betrayal that will send him on a journey to discover the truth. What really happened to Emeline all those years ago?
‘Atmospheric, engaging and sublimely satisfying’ – Veronica Henry
(Black Swan: 23rd April 2015)
At the famous Patisserie Clermont in Paris, 1909, a chance encounter with the owner’s daughter has given one young man a glimpse into a life he never knew existed: of sweet cream and melted chocolate, golden caramel and powdered sugar, of pastry light as air.
But it is not just the art of confectionery that holds him captive, and soon a forbidden love affair begins.
Almost eighty years later, an academic discovers a hidden photograph of her grandfather as a young man with two people she has never seen before. Scrawled on the back of the picture are the words ‘Forgive me’. Unable to resist the mystery behind it, she begins to unravel the story of two star-crossed lovers and one irrevocable betrayal.
Take a moment to savour an evocative, bittersweet love story that echoes through the decades – perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Victoria Hislop.
“Mouth-watering and mysterious . . . a compelling read” (Leah Fleming, bestselling author of The Postcard)
“Sizzling forbidden love story set in 1900s Paris . . . four stars” (Heat)
“A heady mix of passion and betrayal set against the stunning backdrops of 1909 Paris and 1980s Cambridge.” (The Lady)
“Delightful, delicious and so typically French sweet and salty: this debut is a must read for every reading gourmet and for any Paris-Lover.” Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop
“In her fast-paced, deliciously addictive debut novel, Laura Madeleine throws the reader directly into 1910 Paris. You can feel the grittiness of Montmartre, see the Left Bank streets, and smell the sugar in the patisseries. Featuring romance, family secrets, and a well-executed dual narrative, The Confectioner s Tale is as transportive a book as you can read.” Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and I’ll See You in Paris
“[A] passionate and thrilling story. Fans of Alex Rosenberg and Naomi Wood will enjoy this glimpse inside the decadent and sensual world of 1910s Paris.” Booklist
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The Confectioner’s Tale is published in the US by St Martin’s Press. It has been translated and published in Italian, French, German, Bulgarian, Dutch, and Lithuanian and is also due to be translated into Latvian and Czech in 2016 / 2017.